Ștefan Gligor: Snap parliamentary elections will take place, but political class is not ready for them

Jurist Ștefan Gligor is convinced that snap parliamentary elections will take place. Society wants snap elections. But the problem is that the political class is not ready for them. If snap elections are held swiftly, the results could be not the expected ones as the right is weak, while the left has much larger administrative and other kinds of resources. The expert formulated such opinions in IPN’s public debate “Snap parliamentary elections: necessities, possibilities, interests”.

According to Ștefan Gligor, the created situation is rather difficult, but a new, upright Parliament is needed. “This would mean snap elections and I think this procedure was launched today by the Government’s resignation. The further developments and Moldova’s success as a state and society depend on the results of these snap elections. In such conditions, we must generate a sufficient offer so as to get at least 55 seats that will be occupied by upright persons. It will be hard to do this, but it is possible if things are done correctly and mobilization is exemplary,” he stated.

He expressed his concern about the state of the political right as the PPPDA attacked Maia Sandu in the campaign prior to the presidential elections and this discredited a lot Andrei Năstase’s party before the voters. In such conditions, the PAS will have to fulfill the task of fighting the corrupt system, but this party is weakened by the leaving of Maia Sandu. There is now no visible person who could substitute her in the PAS. The PSRM has very big resources and will conduct a populist campaign through its local bodies. The Shor Party, through the social stores and drugstores, has chances of entering Parliament. In the center, there is Renato Usatyi who also can enter Parliament. But the possibility of forming a parliamentary majority remains unclear.

In another development, Ștefan Gligor said the Constitutional Court’s judgment of August 2020 says it clearly that an absolute parliamentary majority needs to be formed for fielding a candidate for Premier. That’s why Ion Chicu resigned and the path of snap elections was chosen. Igor Dodon will probably not risk formalizing a coalition with the Shor Party as this would be the end of the PSRM and a risk for the Russian intelligence services that coordinate the actions of Igor Dodon. In this case, the rating of the PSRM would decrease and a new project would have to be built during the next two years. But it would be hard to do this as their future stake Ion Ceban is at the start of his mandate and it is not clear how he will cope.

The jurist believes society already contributes to snap parliamentary elections through protests and by expressing general dissatisfaction caused by the non-professionalism and populism of the Chicu Government.

The public debate “Snap parliamentary elections: necessities, possibilities, interests” was the 165th installment of the series “Developing political culture through public debates” that is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

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